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i'm still not too dumb to publish. any. d.w.i. . to read a book that. this is deja vu news live from berlin germany lawmakers approved an unprecedented relief package to shield the country's economy from the effects of coronavirus the legislation is aimed at supporting health care and propping up businesses hit hard by the pandemic it also rolled back historic restrictions on taking due debt. also
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coming off the streets of india's capital delhi are deserted as the country's 1300000000 people begin a 3 week lockdown prime minister narendra modi warns that without the shutdown the country could be set back to back days. i'm sorry kelly welcome to the program the german parliament has approved a sweeping rescue package to cushion the economic blow from corona virus the legislation is designed to support health care infrastructure and rushed billions of euros in aid to businesses that are struggling amid the pandemic and in a historic move lawmakers voted to scrap longstanding rules governing how much money the country can borrow. parliament in crisis mode the bundestag has changed its rules to allow decisions to be taken with fewer members present the normal
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those who were there sat at a safe distance from each other the. parliamentary president volved. called on deputies to show support for the key workers who are helping to keep the country going to try and get. food express thanks in respect to the doctor's care workers and those in the health and security or thora tis who are being tested to their limits every day. if you want anything as i think we all agree we should include in our thanks to those who day after day and in spite of the greater risk of infection they face ensure that people have the supplies they need. in just one day the blue sky because green lighted government plans to take on more debt this year than ever before the crisis package includes an emergency budget of 156000000000 euros 50000000000 to keep small businesses of bloat and money for hospitals expecting a wave of coronavirus patients. finance minister all are short standing in for
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chancellor merkel who's at home insult by selection acknowledged these a gigantic sums but he said the country can afford it germany's strict rules on government borrowing are suspended for now we're believing that we're facing a crisis unprecedented in our post-war history is this or greater than all those we have faced recently tight lipped and it's a challenge to humankind as a whole. for the gun so mention it. there's no script for dealing with the pandemic said childes but the government will do everything to reduce its impact on the economy is. the mission is the 1st we have to ensure that there's a good health care provision for people who are sick from the coronavirus and ensure those treating them are protected by 2nd we must protect the livelihoods of people affected by the crisis thirdly we must stabilize our economy and preserve
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jobs that. despite the unparalleled measures when it came to the vote opposition parties rallied behind the government's plan but no one inside the bundestag swear could yet be sure if it will work. and for more let's bring in political correspondent anya color so anya more than 150000000000 euros in new debt i mean that is quite a taboo that german lawmakers just broke there isn't it absolutely right sara for this emergency budget germany had to suspend its infamous so-called debts break which usually limits that's borrowing to 0.35 percent of gross domestic product and this that break had being really at the heart of germany's financial policy for the past few years so grating with this rule really means
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breaking with the to have moved the emergency budget is part of a bigger relief package of 750000000000 euros and this consists mainly of guarantees for credits. we also had just now on your germany's interior minister announcing that he is tightening the country's borders even further tell us a little bit more about who is allowed to enter the country and who isn't. germany's interior minister who far. work is seasonal workers from entering the country in an effort to slow down the spread of the coronavirus in germany workers who aren't allowed into germany anymore are those coming from countries outside the european union but also of e.u. countries like bulgaria romania and all stria and this will hit these are very cultural industry very hard and at
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a crucial time because they are in desperate need of more harvest workers and. germany's pharmacy c.-h. and demand that this ban will be kept as short as possible because fruit and vegetable farms urgently need more workers and they need them now how successful meanwhile has germany been flattening out the infection incur so far i mean that's the initiative that we've heard has is so important to prevent the health system here from being overwhelmed as it is flooded with patients in germany we've seen an increase in numbers we have more than 33000 confirmed infections we have are 160 fatal cases and on monday the president of germany's. disease control agency lot. has said the flu the curve might be flattening
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slightly but in his briefing today he said it's still too early to say to say and we must stick to the restrictions which were implemented on the caller in berlin thank you. wall street is seeing a 2nd consecutive day of gains after the us congress reached agreement on emergency funding worth almost 2 trillion dollars and is a patient of the deal led to a record breaking day on wall street on tuesday with the dow jones industrial average seeing its biggest one day rise since 1933 agent shares followed suit on wednesday making their 1st back to back games in months japan's nikkei ended the day up 8 percent but the european stocks are struggling to stay positive as the initial excitement over the u.s. government's announcement subsides the dow is up 3 percent agreement india has become the latest and the largest country to introduce
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a nationwide lockdown in the fight against the coronavirus there's only been about 560 confirmed cases and 11 deaths in india but there are fears that the infection could spread quickly in the densely populated cities other countries in asia are taking steps to curb the spread of the corona virus as well for correspondents report now on what is happening in their parts of the world. they look like the streets of a quiet village but these are the roads of india's capital delhi on the 1st day of the coronavirus lock down one spot selling bollywood film sets are empty air lines are grounded travel restricted indians have been warned to take to 3 weeks stay at home order seriously it is been if these 21 days or not manage quickly to the country and your family will be set back by 21 years this
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song which gets a lot. crowds formed at pharmacies and shops following the prime minister's announcement safeguarding its supplies india has now banned exports of mosques and ventilators as well as an anti malaria drug being tested as a covert 19 treatment health experts say the drastic measures are necessary. if india can fight this together for 2 weeks we definitely would have prevented that from going up and made it flat all that we need to do is to prevent that from going that it leaving because if that happens in india the results will be much worse than what happened in a plea. for economic relief has been promised to those unable to work but many remain worried. present that i cannot wait to find out if the government will give
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me money but how am i supposed to eat until then and what if they don't. with indians houseparent about one 3rd of the world's population is now living under some form of lockdown. and other countries in asia are taking steps to curb the spread of the corona virus as we mentioned for correspondents from d.w. report now on what is happening in their parts of the world over the last 2 weeks or so that have been focused on the number of cases have been rising steadily from 328001 wednesday the prime minister imran khan has been reluctant to impose a doctrine but it hasn't prevented from governments to go ahead but the army has been deployed and beginning to see the impact of the ball thrown in the past 48 hours reported figures have reduced the prime minister ivanov.
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meeting today to. offer a stimulus package. exporters the coronavirus situation number one the sun is getting worse by the day currently there are these 74 people suffering from the illness and as much as the government's trying to address the pandemic they say they're facing many challenges along the way for one millions of people in the nation rely on daily wage just to get by which makes shutting down major cities nearly impossible secondly the government is saying that people aren't doing enough to socially distance themselves from one another and most importantly i want to share is a large land border with iran one of the most heavily affected nations in the world in terms of the coronavirus the philippines has reported a relatively no number of good 19 cases so far but this number is expected to increase in the coming days as more testing is scheduled that the science that you see here on the street is in direct contrast to the uproar that is now on social
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media net isnt it. in their keyboards demanding last testing after they found out through the airport that legislators had been mine and had gotten tested ahead of everybody else if by the limited number of testing kids in the country malaysia stepping up coronavirus testing the country can currently do about 7000 tests per day but the ministry of health says by the middle next week that number will climb to more than 16000 but health officials warn that if there's a major surge in cases there will not be enough ventilators the army and police have set up checkpoints to force the nationwide restrictions on movement people are only allowed to go outside for necessities and only one person for how far are supposed to go pharmacies are taking customers temperature's before letting them inside even spraying their hands with sanitizer the majority of corona virus cases in malaysia have been linked to religious gathering that was held last month. so that's the view from various countries in asia here are some more of the latest
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developments in the corona virus pandemic around the world prince charles the heir to the british throne has tested positive for the coronavirus buckingham palace says that he has mild symptoms spain has seen another surge and its death toll with more than 3400 deaths spain has now passed china in the number of known coronavirus fatalities and is 2nd only to italy and libya has announced its 1st confirmed infection control in the outbreak in the country will be particularly challenging as 2 rival groupings by full political control. russia's president vladimir putin has postponed a planned nationwide vote on constitutional changes aimed at extending his time in office in his 1st televised speech since the covert 1000 corona virus outbreak putin said that the delay was due to the worsening situation official figures suggest that russia has so far avoided large numbers of infections but those figures have risen sharply in recent days. to diffuse emily sure one is following
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the story for us in moscow and earlier we asked her what the message the russian president was trying to send with the delay of this constitutional reform vote. well the delay of this vote absolutely sends the message that this coronavirus crisis is to be taken very seriously after all this vote on constitutional amendments is important for russia and it's particularly important for buddy or putin himself because it could mean that his her term as president could be prolonged by as many as much as 12 years he could stay in power for 20 intil 2036 if the amendments are passed so people are kind of waiting to see when he would postpone postpone this vote which was scheduled for april 20th 22nd. over the pandemic. emily sure when in moscow a quick reminder of the top stories we're following for you on d.w.
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german lawmakers have voted to approve a sweeping paid package to cushion the blow from a corona virus outbreak the legislation is designed to support german news business and health care infrastructure it foresees the country taking on over 150000000000 euros in new taxes. coming up on news our special show on the coronavirus and don't forget we will have another live update for you at the top of the hour i hope to see you that i'm sorry coming in for larry thank you so much for joining us. combating the corona pandemic. where does research stand and. what are scientists learning. background information. our daily.
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bread 19 special next on d w. the corona crisis you can find more information online d.w. dot com. this is the 19 special from berlin after originating in asia reaching europe and northern america cold at 19 is now quickly spreading across the african continent over the weekend the nema craddick republic of congo registered its 1st death from the virus now the country has closed its borders and declared
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a state of emergency president felix. says the country is at war with invisible adversary public life has been suspended and the country has gone into lockdown closing bars and restaurants and now most flights to and from kinshasa are battened in this special we're looking at how african countries are preparing for the upcoming challenge on their already vulnerable health care systems. thanks for joining us corona virus is sweeping across africa but the true number of cases is unknown as mass testing has not yet been rolled out here's some of the latest information we have for you the number of confirmed cases in africa shot past the 2000 mark on wednesday now the majority of the continent's 54 countries have registered infections ivory coast and senegal have both declared states of emergency and south africa will begin
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a long down starting thursday. joining us from abroad to fill in the republic of congo is michelle yelps he's the program manager for emergency response at the world health organization and africa also here is el edward's he's a professor and immunologists at reading university welcome to you both michele i'll start with you what sort of advisory has the w h o given africa if any of the advisory in fact he went through different steps the 1st step is for iran the containment phase is. to prevent local transmission on as much as possible so this helps to detect a. cases now that we have a serious inc or local transmission on it we have it in more than 15 countries in
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africa now the next step is a how to scale up quickly to be able to continue the. situation and also start preparing for of a mitigation on face gets on phase is something equivalent to a wide quantity spread that con is the best trash they have this is like what we are seeing now in your european countries now they are all ages are also predicting that african countries fell experience their peak number of infections this summer and now how prepared would you say the continent is he spoke of upscaling the capacities michel. i would say that's the 1st step culture respect from the 12 by detecting they put out the cases that's where important to not freak out but 5 a nest is where we need to mobilize maw and we need more at fault we need
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more support in most of the african countries because it is a step that they will have to deal with and out of people needing intensive have in their system in many african and for fossett it is you don't have such capacity so they need to think about how to scale up with for temporary treatment such as how to get assessed or are suggesting provide also rescued out to the mice in how to get access to protective equipment so at this level countries are less prepared because they are locking the ressources most of them have them for up at preparedness and response plan but this applies for example is one of the major challenge to fulfill the spot that is utterly gente because we are moving to are they wide contamination in many countries already now michelle spoke at there of
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the white contamination do you alice see the crisis in africa reaching a similar level to what we're seeing here in europe how would that look like. i think i think you know that that's what we've you know i've been thinking about exactly that since way back you know when we were hearing about the outbreak 1st of all and we han in china i think one positive is i think the much work has gone on to try and expand for example diagnostic testing services across africa and we've learned a great deal from programs to tackle big infection has such as hiv and malaria so for example simple rapid testing technology is now relatively quick and appropriate to draw all out so we have these sorts of tests here which can be done without in the burra tree they're not perfect but they're very easy to scale out
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what i'm hoping is that what we've learned from those kinds of activities those kinds of public health activities will help to deal with early identification and early containment in these states but it is a huge problem given that we can't contain outbreaks very effectively in europe i think will be the same in any other country across the world now testing of course an important part of the response to the current virus michel would you say that people are taking the gravity of the situation they are in africa seriously. i think most of the. national party it is taking it seriously if we look at all the states often meant tennessee declare is on that we will start to recall in many african countries that up taking in serious you nest is really for they hold population on and i'm not sure that they have. this level of it well
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ness as well as. taking that seriously in most of the african communities there is a lot of room us going to run including men's fault for tricks men so there is they work to be done and from what we learn from a born out it is that when it does need to be fully on board and for that they need to have the appropriate information to increase their awareness but they need to be fully engaged for them to play iran if we have a community wide transformation is the community behavior that we in part on they way they desist will spread fast within this community and i think learning from hero is time now to take some off the. public affairs we for food and gauge went off the community to listen or down the spread and objective is to flatten they and they've gone to
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a big that's we. they control we've they exist incapacities thank you very much michel yeah he's the program manager for emergency response at the world health organization and africa also here is al edwards he is a professor and immunologists at reading university thank you both. now around the world celebrities have inundated us with their song and dance numbers often from home and with mixed reception but ugandan musician turned politician bobby wine has seen his own take widely shared it's a music video reminding everyone about how to purge the spread of the coronavirus wash your hands and keep your distance have a listen. for. every.
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one. right. there but we're now joined by our correspondent joy during beer out she's standing by for us in nairobi kenya joy we just listened to bobby winds up rap slash public service message there for us what sort of a role do pop culture and social media have in getting the word out. a lot actually because when you look at the african demographics at the moment big population happen to fall between the ages of 35 going down and this is major
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concern for most of people right now are focusing or making sure that the young people get the message because the older generation at the moment does not have access to technology on a large scale and they are or happen to be the most vulnerable demographic when it comes to the spread of the coronavirus or covert 19 so social media and pop culture is playing a humongous role in spreading the message to last of the young people on the african continent and in kenya and uganda as well particularly so young people acting as multipliers of the message there now that message itself the team is quite simple wash your hands stay home but neither of those things are easy for everyone. indeed access to water is not readily available to millions of people around the african continent and that in itself is
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a challenge especially in the informal settlements in a lot of areas the rural parts of africa say in kenya today what the government is trying to do is ask the water supply has to be a little bit and weave their customers not up their bills and also and do not switch off there was a connections in a bid to help people flock to the cove of the coronavirus spread that water will be readily available to the people and that even though they might be having a rear is this still going to be able to wash their hands and maybe take care of that problem at a later date and also the government has tried as much as possible to go to areas where there's not enough access to water to see. them and also provide water when necessary thank you very much our correspondent
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a joy there for us in nairobi. and that was our d.w. covert 19 special on africa thank you for watching and will that bobby wine play us out for more check out our social media channels i'm genoud malone stay healthy everyone. but that. guy over. there cut every brick. layer. that himalaya down to. climate change. sustainability. environmental. factors biodiversity species nontraditional exploitation equality. human rights displacement poll the global current local action.
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